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When students take action in the community their service has lasting impacts socially and emotionally. Transformative experiences can ensue when meaningful action opportunities are embedded into the learning process. 

Below are a list of resources that meaningfully engage students in taking action related to specific topics. Each of the resources below connect to one or more of our Pathways to Sustainable Development and the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals.

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Cool School Challenge

Challenge other classrooms in your school or another school in the district! The Cool School Challenge engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions school-wide. Learn how it works and discover the materials you'll need.

Pathway Connections: Climate ChangeConsumption & WasteEnergyTransportation
Sustainable Development Goals: 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13 Climate Action, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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Earth Month

April is Earth Month, and we encourage schools to make plans to celebrate the diversity, complexity, and joy the natural world has to offer by planning fun, exciting, and meaningful learning experiences and community activities.

Pathway Connections: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Healthy Living, LEAF, Schoolyard Habitats®, Sustainable Food, WOW
Sustainable Development Goals: 3 Good Health and Well Being, 4 Quality Education, 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 13 Climate Action, 14 Life Below Water, 15 Life on Land, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


Green Sea Turtle

Endangered Species Day

Recognized in May of each year, Endangered Species Day encourages students to learn about biodiversity and the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species locally and globally. Students also learn about actions they can take to help.

Pathway Connections: Biodiversity, Consumption & Waste, Learning About Forests, Schoolyard Habitats®, WOW
Sustainable Development Goals: 13 Climate Change, 14 Life Below Water, 15 Life on Land, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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Monarch Recovery Gardens

The monarch butterfly is an iconic species that needs our help. Its populations have declined by more than 90% in the past two decades. Provide students with the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and maintain a Monarch Recovery Garden, and use our monarch recovery resources as you build learning experiences.

Pathway Connections: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Learning About Forests, Schoolyard Habitats
Sustainable Development Goals: 13 Climate Change, 15 Life on Land, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


Bighorn Sheep, James Anderson

National Wildlife Week

Each March, the National Wildlife Federation celebrates National Wildlife Week by connecting budding conservationists of all ages to the awesome wonders of wildlife. As part of the Eco-Schools USA program, students can take action through several of the environmental pathways to increase their knowledge about and connection to wildlife.

Pathway Connections: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Learning About Forests, Schoolyard Habitats, WOW
Sustainable Development Goals: 13 Climate Change, 14 Life Below Water, 15 Life on Land, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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OneLessStraw 

The OneLessStraw pledge campaign strives to educate the public about the dangers of single-use plastic straws, including their effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. Plastic straws are items that most of us could live without. Schools can be part of the solution by simply saying no to plastic straws. Discover the campaign assets you’ll need for your school to get involved.

Pathway Connections: Consumption & Waste, Water, WOW
Sustainable Development Goals: 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, 14 Life Below Water, 15 Life on Land, 17 Partnerships for the Goals


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Young Reporters for the Environment USA

Through Young Reporters for the Environment, students ages 11-19 join an international team of young reporters in 29 countries around the world to investigate environmental issues and propose solutions through creative writing, photography, and videography.

Pathway Connections: All Pathways
Sustainable Development Goals: 2 Zero Hunger, 3 Good Health and Well-Being, 4 Quality Education, 6 Clean Water and Sanitation, 7 Affordable and Clean Energy, 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 9 Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities, 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, 13 Climate Action, 14 Life Below Water, 15 Life on Land, 16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, 17 Partnerships for the Goals

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